Have you ever wondered how to get an old world chippy paint look? This guide will show you exactly how and what you need to get a chippy paint finish.
Learn How To Easily Get Chippy Paint With Dixie Belle Products
Have you ever seen a chippy paint, old world, farmhouse look (that’s a mouthful) on a piece of furniture and thought, how do I do that? Well guess what? I am about to show you. For this process I suggest you use at least 3 different colors. Base coat color, one color to be dry brushed and chipped, then the last color to be dry brushed and chipped. This look is a layered look so that is exactly what you will need to do for chippy paint is layer paint.
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For this specific piece I am going to list exactly what I used: You can by all means use different or less colors. At the minimum you will need 3 colors, sea spray and crackle.
What will you need:
- Dixie Belle Paint in Savannah Mist (Base Coat)
- Dixie Belle Paint in Blueberry
- Dixie Belle Paint in Yankee Blue
- Dixie Belle Paint in Cobalt (I mixed the Cobalt and Haint Blue for my final color that was dry brushed)
- Dixie Belle Paint in Haint Blue
- Dixie Belle Gilding Wax in Bronze
- Dixie Belle Sea Spray
- Dixie Belle Crackle
- Chip Brushes (for the sea spray, dry brushing and crackle)
- Mixing Bowl or Tupperware (for your sea spray)
- High Quality Paint Brush (I used my Paint Pixie Oval 12″)
- Metal Paint Scrapper
- Dixie Belle Easy Peasy Spray Wax
- Sanding Sponge (120 Grit)
Let’s Get Started!
The first step is to prep and clean your piece. You can find how I prep pieces HERE. Once your piece is prepped and ready to go you are ready to get rockin!
Your piece will need a base coat. Then you will mix your Sea Spray. Generally you mix paint with sea spray but for this finihsed you will mix it with water and you want a pancake batter like consistency. This will add a little texture and the color white to your piece.
Brush on the mixture in random places, once it dries it will turn white.
After you have completed the base coat and sea spray step, you are ready for crackle. Crackle can be used for crackle effect or a chippy paint effect. This will be used for a chippy paint effect. You will want to put the crackle on in random places just like the sea spray.
Once you have finished with the Crackle and Sea Spray you are ready for color. The next step is dry brushing Yankee Blue and Blueberry. Once you have dry brushed the color you will take your metal paint scrapper and scrap the entire piece. You want to adjust the pressure at which you scrap to make sure it has a random chippy paint look.
Once you have completed this step you will use your final color and dry brush over the piece. I mixed Cobalt and Haint Blue for this color but you can choose whatever you like. Once the paint dries you will scrap the piece again. This is your final paint step.
Once you have finished this step, I took my sanding sponge and smoothed out any of the rough pieces.
I used Dixie Belle gilding wax in bronze to add even more character and accent to my piece. You can either skip this step or use the gilding wax. This is the last step in this chippy paint technique. Dixie Belle Paint does NOT require a top coat. I am a feeler for furniture and because this was a clients piece I always take the extra steps for protection. I used Dixie Belles Easy Peasy Spray Wax for this piece. It is easy to use and because of the texture.
Check out the chippy paint layers on this baby!